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Forums > Travel Yunnan > 2.5 Weeks in Yunnan Alone With no Mandarin

@nap
Thanks for the link. Google services always been spotty for me.

FYI google.cn is actually a redirect out of HK, so sometimes it works, sometimes not.

baidu is china hosted, so if you can't get to it, it's usually just a heavy traffic issue.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > What's Next?

EXIT STRATEGIES
If you have the money...well, if you had the money, you probably wouldn't be living in Yunnan, but I digress..

If you have the money, there are tax havens such as St Kitts, etc where the purchase of a house also counts towards the purchase of that country's sovereign passport.

Probably not realistic for many...

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Public fighting.

@nap
I think those fans also brought their own trash bags to clean up their own mess. That's a significant deviation from the Japanese in Japan where they chuck their trash all over the place (because there's a professional cleaning crew at all sponsored events).

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Forums > Travel Yunnan > 2.5 Weeks in Yunnan Alone With no Mandarin

Get a local SIM card when you arrive somewhere in China/Yunnan. Make sure it comes with internet access. You can buy SIM cards USUALLY at international locations, like the international airport, assuming you're coming in that way - not sure about border crossings.

You MUST have a passport or ID card and NOT all vendors will sell you a SIM card. If they're having problems registering your passport number on their computer, just pad the number with leading zeroes to create an 18 digit number - Chinese IDs are usually 18 digits.

If you're in an international location at any of the mobile phone counters, do the finger pointing thing and ask them to write down how much (carry a pen/pencil & paper), or use your phone's translator app.

Also, get HFCAMPO's mobile number...as long as your issue is non-criminal - he's a pretty friendly and helpful guy.

Then...

fanyi.baidu.com

It's an internet based translation site. There are others, this is baidu, so usually available everywhere in China.

Translations can be spotty sometimes, but you'll get the general point across.

For emergencies, make sure you have the phone numbers of major 5 star international hotels. If you get into some kind of non-criminal difficulty - get lost, etc - call the concierge - they can and will USUALLY (not always) help you out in an emergency.

Remember - google is blocked in China, so zero google services here.

With internet - you'll also have access to maps via android or IOS, depending on your mobile device.

Finally - BEWARE train and bus stations - high concentration of pickpockets and other petty thieves, especially in the wee hours.

Good luck with your adventure - should be an incredibly interesting experience!

Finally - if you need non-critical assistance, go for the students - they all study English (of dubious value). The older folk did not and won't understand a word your gesturing...

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Forums > Living in Kunming > Public fighting.

@nap
I "didn't just know" and the "I should just know" rebuttal was an interesting response, so I had to think about why you'd say that and "why I should just know".

I'm from the incredibly litigious and legally oppressive USA, where both corporate and military and civilian management are hypersensitive to blanket statements that could be construed as harassment.

We're trained at least once, and sometimes annually, on race issues, gender issues, and more recently, on both gender and sexual orientation, which could make one hyper-paranoid, so yeah...mabye I'm at fault for "not just knowing" aka assuming to know how you think or what you meant.

We're also trained annually on criminal fraud, waste, and abuse - but that thread leads seriously off-topic into some nasty turf.

So - public apologies for being perhaps ludicrously paranoid and assuming the worst, as opposed to arguably assuming the best. The US government trained me and others to be this way and enforced that paranoia with severe threats such as termination, suspension, discipline, etc for any perceived infractions. That does not include the potential civil suits that can literally drive one bankrupt and or insane. That's the law...

On that note - China's a great country - where people can engage in very public fracas. How's THAT for human rights...ah..wrong thread...

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I was surprised to see the attempted severance of ties - truly a slap in the face, so glad to see common sense has returned - although this kind of behavior perhaps is regrettably indicative of a dark undercurrent within Australian society.

It's exceedingly rare that burning incense would spark any kind of fire - however the habit of burning paper money aka ghost money (and related accessories for the deceased, ghost clothes, ghost houses, ghost cars, ghost mobile phones etc ad infinitum) - now THAT has an exceedingly high probability of starting fires. And then there's the fireworks...

Nice - just popped over to the site - and also logged in with my gokm userid - so that was nice (not having to re-register).

The summary of scenic sites in gallery format is a nice touch. Vivid.

And the Do's and Don'ts section was nice to read as a reminder, but I expected more information on how to be a desirable tourist from the local perspective (aside from buying lots of souvenirs and pictures etc).

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I found Beijing Yingke through their ad on the gokunming website.

I recently used Beijing Yingke to take care of a rather complicated real estate transaction. After finally gathering all the required documents as specified - we actually managed to successfully complete the entire process in a single visit with no requirements for "additional documents" or "extra procedures".

Astonishing.

The attorneys were polite, tolerant of infinitely many questions, professional, courteous, and most of all - professional and competent.
The law firms fees were an acceptable increment above local fees, to account for the multi-lingual requirements.

Most importantly - the requested transaction was completed on the first pass with no additional documentation or procedures - which is a stunning accomplishment and nod towards Beijing Yingke's professional knowledge in this sector.

Five Star rating - highly recommend.

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Just stopped by Wicker Basket Beichen again to stock up on frozen pizzas, frozen pies (chicken, beef), cheese, and sliced ham (ask them to slice it for you). Love this place - simple decor, polite helpful nice staff - nothing fancy - but gets the job done.

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Finally got around to using Salvador's delivery service - tried it out on the chicken burrito and their bag of nacho chips. Delivery was flawless despite being a bit out of area (≥4km) and the food was still warm.

First experience - excellent (5 stars).

Excellent as always - even with long distance delivery. Now if only the online menu was expanded a little (like the chicken strips...hint hint hint...nudge nudge...wink wink).

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Just stopped into Prague Beichen for dinner a few nights ago - and I'm shocked at how good their food is - five star international hotel quality. Even the fruit-based drink was made from genuine fruit - as opposed to the usual domestic fare of fruit syrup with chunks of fruit added. The food was well-presented and "plated".

The restaurant itself has had a major overhaul and now occupies both the ground floor and the second floor - well illuminated without being blinding, wide open and airy space (2nd floor), nice attentive but non-intrusive service, and reasonable prices for excellent cuisine.

Will absolutely return several times more, to savor and experience other menu items.

A pleasant surprise and culinary delight - great place for a date or even a quiet business meeting. Excellent atmosphere.

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Excellent coffee, tea, and simple meals - to include waffles and various incarnations of sandwiches. Ground floor is NO SMOKING, second floor (where they hide the bathrooms), SMOKING.

Extraordinarily popular place - beautiful location, typical service for Kunming - which means when it's good, it's stellar, when it's bad - it's terrifying - so they have a quality consistency problem that's reflected in the various staff and shifts.

However - it's still a great place to meet, hang out, chill, relax, etc. Just remember to DIY (do it yourself) most of the time.